How Artifact is changing the game for art schools and students.
Your student’s art shows are meant to be the launching pad that will propel your students into creative success and career fulfillment, but that doesn’t always happen. Student showcases are stuck in the past and it’s time for an upgrade.
These exhibitions usually only last 3 or 4 days and once it ends it can never be recreated. Sure, there are pictures taken but does that really do their artwork and the story behind it justice? This, combined with the fact that these events are generally attended by friends, family, and people from the local art community, make this momentous occasion more of a social gathering and not as much of the career opportunity it should be.
If someone was unable to attend or the right people aren’t there or your students’ showcases aren’t properly recorded then how will anyone know about all the hard work, passion, and creativity that went into their exhibition?
We know that’s a tough question to answer, which is why we shared some tips in our last blog post to help you get started and bring your shows more visibility.
- Taking detailed pictures and sharing them on your website.
- Getting your students to share more details about their work, their process, and what makes them unique.
- Keeping their contact info up-to-date at all times so they’re more accessible.
- Expand your students’ network and number of opportunities by inviting people who are looking out for new creatives to work with.
Your student exhibitions might not have made it to the digital age yet, but there are plenty of things you can do to get there.
If all of this seems a little overwhelming, you should know that there is new technology available that will make your students and their work more accessible than ever, and it’s called Artifact. We’re changing the way fine art graduates find opportunities and how fast they can start working in their field.
Artifact is a digital art ecosystem that is home to creative businesses, brands, foundations, galleries, artists, and academic institutions. We help artists who are just starting out facilitate connections and join a network full of opportunity. It’s an online portfolio, career portal, and global art catalog all in one.
Among its benefits to your students, Artifact allows your institution to record each student exhibition in greater detail than ever before, giving every work and every artist the exposure they deserve.
Making sure your showcase guest list is filled with people looking to work with your students is often the hardest part. Luckily, there are more career paths available for artists than ever before. Now, we’re living in an age where more brands and businesses want to work directly with your artists and to find what they’re looking for, they’re turning to the internet. Artifact does the heavy lifting to create new opportunities for your students and let’s them apply to them directly on Artifact. It’s a place for your students to share their work, their story, and their inspiration with an entire network of people who are looking for new artists to work with.
That means focusing less on inviting and managing your showcase attendees. It means more time to prepare your students and their portfolios to be exhibited at your institution and on Artifact. It means that art students finally have the chance to succeed in their careers right out of school as opposed to years down the road.
There are other portfolio sites out there, so what makes Artifact different?
Make your showcase records accessible and interactive
Your school will finally have a comprehensive online catalog of all your student showcases. It’s an opportunity to allow potential students and professional partners around the world 24/7 access to your school’s artists and showcases. This will provide users with a clear understanding of what your school specializes in, and the types of skills your students learn.
On top of that, when your school signs up with Artifact, each of your students will automatically receive their own professional digital artist portfolio that they have complete control over.
By sharing the public URL to your institution’s Artifact profile, anyone can access the interactive exhibitions of all your student shows, each linked to your students’ independent portfolios and profiles.
Create a lifelong connection with your students
College hopefuls, brands, and curators are searching for a school and artists that resonate with them, and the competition is fierce. Using Artifact can set your institution apart by strengthening your visibility and building your students’ careers at the same time. Your graduates will always be connected to your institution so any opportunity, prize, grant, or award through our career portal will appear on their profile. Having your students connected to you through Artifact will allow their work and success to be visibly associated with your school for years to come, adding to your credibility and reputation over time.
Get your students discovered with the latest tech
We bring the network to your students through our detailed profiles and advanced searches. Our intuitive platform makes it easy for brands, creative agencies or businesses to discover your students by the themes in their art and source them for a project they feel matches their values and practices. If they find an artist they want to collaborate with, contacting them is as simple as a click of a button since each student can be reached directly through their Artifact profile.
Help your students to build their brand
Artifact portfolios are detailed enough to keep the user engaged and easy enough for your students to create themselves. Unlike traditional websites, Artifact provides each artist the freedom to include as much information about their practice, background and artworks as possible. Artifact’s portfolio tool allows artists to map their ideas, moments, people, and places connected to their work. They can also display their resumes, network, artworks, and exhibitions.
Artifact makes every artwork an immersive online experience that is informative, intimate, and true to the voice of every artist. Being able to engage and share all this information allows your students to start growing their network immediately. This is an early opportunity for your students to exercise full creative control and help create a distinct brand for their audience.
By allowing the artist to tell their story each artist has the chance to speak directly to their audience, putting the power of context back in their hands, and help the public, brands, and businesses experience their work more deeply and meaningfully.
Opportunities brought directly to your students
The number of people and organizations looking to collaborate with artists is greater than ever, and we at Artifact understand this. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping your students find work doing what they love right out of school. We bring a wider array of opportunities like exclusive brand collaborations and commissions in addition to grants, prizes, and open calls to your students so they can focus on what matters most, their art.
Artifact makes it easy for your students to get contacted directly, while making the application process simpler. No longer will they have to fill out lengthy forms just to be considered. Instead, they can quickly share their portfolio with the click of a button.
Everything they create can be added to their portfolios, including their final showcase work. This not only benefits your students by helping them design a direct career path, but it also gives a boost to your school’s online presence and credibility.
Registering your school with Artifact is easy
- Sign-up with your basic information to create your school’s professional profile.
- Create a digital gallery per showcase and invite your students to add all the work.
- Now, your school profile will show the exhibition and each students’ work.
- Every student included will automatically receive their own professional online portfolio that they have full creative control over.
There’s an expectation that young artists have to wait years before they can start to progress in their careers, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Your school can be a part of a change that the art community has been waiting on and help your students get the exposure they need right away. Artifact can do this for you and your students through our global partners, user-friendly interface, and the insight we provide into each artist.
Using Artifact will equip your school with the right tools so you can expertly record each showcase and create more opportunities for students. Schedule a call with an advisor to get started or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.